Table 4

Adverse events (number): a randomised controlled potassium diet intervention study in patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and on standard conventional DMARD with/without steroid treatment [A: potassium-rich diet; B: potassium-rich diet plus potassium food supplement; C: routine diet)

Adverse eventA (N= 57)B (N =57)C (N=58)
Total episodeNumber of patientsTotal episodeNumber of patientsTotal episodeNumber of patients
Nausea543343
Vomiting331111
Acid-peptic symptoms334444
Diarrhoea112211
Constipation113222
Anorexia222122
Skin rash445421
Infections113311
Vertigo210000
Oral ulcer111101
Hair fall110021
Leucopenia110000
  • Infections include upper/lower respiratory tract infections and urinary infections.

  • DMARD, disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (methotrexate, sulfasalazine, hydroxychloroquine); n, number of patients.